After announcing new COVID-19 measures, including closing cinemas again, it appears the Legault government has landed on Vincenzo Guzzo's naughty list this Christmas — and the Guzzo Cinemas CEO isn't holding back about it on Twitter.
On December 24, Christmas Eve, Guzzo aka Mr. Sunshine responded candidly to a message from a Quebecer, wishing everyone but our provincial leaders a Merry Christmas. "Merry Christmas to all except @francoislegault and @cdube_sante, they don't deserve my respect for the lack of respect they have for all of us!" he tweeted.
Merci! joyeux noel a tous sauf a @francoislegault @cdube_sante ils ne m\u00e9ritent pas mon respect pour le manque de respect qu'ils ont pour nous tous!https://twitter.com/citoyenqueb/status/1474124933894754309\u00a0\u2026
Guzzo is just one of several Quebec entrepreneurs who have spoken out to express frustration with recent business closures, but he has been particularly vocal and this isn't his first time turning to social media — or media in general — to share his dissatisfaction with Premier François Legault and other politicians in the context of the pandemic.
"So why are some businesses closed again? 400 people on a plane for 3.5 hours to Florida, eating... no distancing. What's wrong with cinemas' 150 people for 2.5 hours?" he tweeted, also on Christmas Eve.
Let me summarize the article for you: INCOMPETENCE. \nYou welcome. https://nationalpost.com/news/canada/if-canada-has-more-than-107-million-covid-rapid-tests-why-cant-i-get-one\u00a0\u2026\n@francoislegault @cdube_sante @ArrudaHoracio @JustinTrudeau @cafreeland @jyduclos
In an Instagram story on December 30, following François Legault's 5 p.m. press conference, Igloofest announced that the event usually held in the Old Port of Montreal will not be able to receive festivalgoers this winter due to new health measures.
Organizers issued a message in English and French to explain the situation to ticket holders:
"We have once again been listening to the government and Santé Public's announcements and, like you all, we are in shock. We have unfortunately come to the conclusion that, under these circumstances, we will not be able to hold Igloofest Montreal.
"We need the next few days to organize and will be contacting ticket holders as soon as possible."
So if you purchased a ticket, you should be expecting to hear from the company shortly.
The big return of the festivities had been announced via social networks on October 27, 2021, and it was to be the fifteenth anniversary of Igloofest. A few days later, on November 4, the program was announced, and the headliners included renowned artists from the electronic scene such as Diplo, Black Tiger Sex Machine, Bonobo, Dillon Francis and more.
In December 2021, Igloofest announced that it would be holding its first-ever edition in Québec City in March 2022. So far, Igloofest's website only specifies that the Montreal edition has been cancelled.
According to the new restrictions announced on December 30, public outdoor events are still allowed, but can only accommodate a maximum of 250 fully vaccinated people.
In addition, the province is imposing a new curfew, from 10:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m., which will also take effect on December 31. The last curfew in Quebec lasted for more than four months, from January to May 2021.
There were also a total of 939 active hospitalizations reported on December 30, a net increase of 135 from the previous day.
The province has already unleashed a sometimes dizzying flurry of new health measures in recent weeks. Bars, gyms and many venues have been closed since December 20. On December 26, Quebec reduced the number of people allowed to gather indoors on private property from 10 to six. Earlier in the month, officials cancelled a plan to increase that number to 20 for the holidays.
The quick succession of new rule announcements demonstrates how rapidly the COVID-19 situation has evolved. As recently as December 16, Premier Legault said that while he wouldn't completely rule out a new curfew, it was not among the measures under immediate consideration.
By December 22, just six days later, officials were reportedly discussing nightly restrictions on travel outside the home.
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